I also finally got around to creating the page for Nascence on the site here. I’ll be adding it to the list of books I have and on the front page rotation. That page also contains all the very nice reviews it’s gotten from folks who’ve mentioned how useful it was, and what a unique idea it was for talking about writing.
In fact, I’m still a bit bummed, actually, that, given the very positive reactions I’ve gotten, that the word hasn’t gotten out more. So I’ll mention again, if you’d like a review copy of this, please email me (email@example.com).
Here are some of the things people have said about Nascence:
I found Nascence to have more impact upon me than, say, Stephen King’s On Writing. –Escape Pod
I’ve read a lot of books on how to write fiction and few have been as consistently useful as ‘Nascence’ was in explaining where stories can go wrong. Writers everywhere will find this a useful reference and even non-writers who like Buckell’s work will find the autobiographical story of how he came to be a successful author interesting. A very interesting concept for a collection that’s been produced very well. –SF Crowsnest
Tobias Buckell gives examples. Hard examples that tie directly to his advice. Instead of just saying “Write compelling characters” or “Make the reader give a damn” and then telling you why you should follow these rules, he shows you. He gives you a story that breaks the precise rule he is trying to help you avoid, and not only that, but it’s a legitimate example of making the mistake and not one conjured up just to show nascent writers what not to do. We see actual mistakes, not manufactured ones. –ProfessorBeej.com
You see, Buckell’s a good writer. A damn good writer. But, even with a few novels and award nominations under his belt, he’s still humble enough to admit and speak eloquently about his ‘failures’. But, as I’m sure Buckell examines in the collection, is it really a failure if it teaches you something that helps you succeed in the future? – A Dribble of Ink
As I read the book, I’m having to duct tape my Inner Critic to a chair in the corner of my brain to keep it from screaming “He fails better than you even write.” Janet Harriett
Buckell’s insights into why his own stories failed are golden for writers looking to improve. I’ve read a lot of books about the craft of writing, but no book on writing has ever helped me fix a broken story before I read Nascence. Not fixed in a vocabulary, grammar, or sentence structure sort of way, but fixed in a story-structuring way. –Michael Lorenson